GMC R-4 Bulldozer Reviewtacohunter52 - September 13, 2009
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What does every construction site you've ever been to have in common? I wouldn't know, because I've never been to a construction site, but I'd imagine they all have bulldozers, as well as scrap metal, nails, and other big elements of construction. I know what you're thinking – what on Earth does a bulldozer have to do with computers? Well, according to GMC, the two have everything in common. I just recently looked at GMC's X-7 X-Station, and it performed surprisingly well, despite the odd features. GMC's R-4 Bulldozer looks to be another case with extraordinarily odd features. I'm very curious as to how this case will compare to the X-Station, as well as the rest of the competition. With a name like Bulldozer, it better at least pose a threat to, if not flatten, the competition.
So how will the R-4 Bulldozer perform, and what does it look like? Designing a case after a bulldozer seems a little ridiculous to me, but the looks of the case will tell the tale. I guess I'll just have to put this baby through the tests, and see what it can do.
The R-4 Bulldozer didn't come in any special construction-type packaging, but rather just your typical box. Both the front and back of the box are almost identical. The only difference is that one end shows the optical drive open, while the other shows it closed. We also get a close look at the case. In my opinion, it looks like it's made of plastic, but this is just the picture on the box, so we'll have to find out. Also on the front and back of the box is the usual plethora of logos, tag lines, and minor specification details.
Both sides of the box are exactly the same. They both use an orange color scheme that appears to be more construction like, thematically. This is also the area where the manufacturer will mark some of the basic specifications of the case. You Trekkies out there may love this – under the color category, GMC arranged the colors so that they spelled out "BORG". The top and bottom of the case are again the same, and both have the colors arranged in the same order.
Opening the box revealed a very odd and very cool way of packaging. Instead of the usual styrofoam, the R-4 Bulldozer was wrapped in a sturdy bubble wrap material. The huge air pockets kept the Bulldozer safe through its travels, and I received it unscathed.
Enough of this packaging, let's take a closer look at the Bulldozer itself.